Implementing Florida 2070: Successful Local Conservation Ballot Measures in Florida

1000 Friends of Florida


Wednesday, October 18, 2017
noon - 1:30 p.m. EDT

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The Trust for Public Land’s Will Abberger and Pegeen Hanrahan will share proven strategies to assist Florida communities with the design and passage of local ballot measures to generate new public funds for parks and land conservation.  The TPL Conservation Finance program has helped pass 26 local ballot measures in Florida, creating over $1 billion in new funding for conservation. In 2016 alone, TPL helped win voter approval for all three conservation measures on the ballot: a ½-cent sales tax in Brevard County for Indian River Lagoon restoration, a ½-cent sales tax in Alachua County for Gainesville city parks and Alachua Forever, and continuation of Lee County’s Conservation 2020 program.   The goal of the webinar is to share how local governments and community groups in Florida can help fund the conservation of important local and regional natural lands to support Florida’s greenways and trails networks, the Florida Wildlife Corridor, and other park and conservation initiatives.

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Pegeen Hanrahan

Invited Speaker

Pegeen Hanrahan is the Southeast Urban Parks Finance Director for the Trust for Public Land and a registered Professional Engineer. She served Gainesville, Florida as Mayor from 2004-2010, and as City Commissioner from 1996-2002, leaving office both times as a result of term limits. Pegeen has over 25 years of ... Read More

Will Abberger

Invited Speaker

Will is Director of the Trust for Public Land’s national Conservation Finance Program, helping state and local governments and citizen groups throughout the United States gauge public support for open space and craft ballot and legislative measures that generate new sources of funding for parks and land conservation. In ... Read More

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